Library offers help with digital devicesĀ 

By Annette Sisco

Community editor

I love to go to the library, browse around and check out an armload of books.

I also love my Kindle, which allowed me to escape dark, humid reality when my neighborhood was without power for five days in August after Hurricane Isaac.

So I was thrilled to learn that the New Orleans Public Library offers so many e-books and other digital downloads, including audiobooks and music, free for the borrowing with your library card.

Of course, many people — and by that, I mean myself — need help figuring out how to access those digital resources.

What devices are compatible with the library’s collection? How do you get books from the cloud to the gadget?

What cords or other equipment do you need?

The Rosa Keller branch of the New Orleans Public Library, 4300 S. Broad St., is ready to answer our questions with its monthly free e-book fair, coming up at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We go through these resources and show people where they can find them on our website,” head librarian DeSha Rhodes told me.

“There are certain books that are compatible with certain formats. We try to make it as clear as possible, and then we talk to people one on one. Assistance will be provided for downloading materials to your particular device.”

The information session will be led by Yasko Sulejmanagic, the head library associate.

Besides novels for your Nook, the library offers nonfiction and audiobooks. There’s a special resource for kids called Tumble Books, which has a catalogue of games, puzzles and interactive stories. Music is also available.

“We have this really cool thing now, it’s pretty new, called Freegal,” Rhodes said. “It’s software that allows you to download music to almost any device.”

More and more patrons are coming in with questions about how to use their sleek new gadgets to tap into the library’s large and growing collection. Keller invites the curious to the fair or to any Saturday morning computer tutoring sessionfrom 10 a.m. to noon. Or call the branch at (504) 596-2660.

For information about the library system’s digital services, go to http://www.new
orleanspubliclibrary.org.

Celebrating mentors

Nearly 300 New Orleans-area volunteer mentors and tutors will be honored for their community service at the New Orleans Kids Partnership’s third annual celebration of mentors and tutors from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., in New Orleans.

NOKP partner organizations also will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about mentoring/tutoring opportunities in the New Orleans area.

Research has shown that mentors and tutors can make a long-term difference in the life of at-risk kids.

The free event will feature live music from the Roots of Music. Register to attend at http://celebration2013nokp.eventbrite.com/#.

Annette Sisco is community news editor. She can be reached at asisco@the
advocate.com.